I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Khalil Gibran
It’s the season of giving! If you’re like me I just love to give! Thoughtful gifts not only makes the receiver happy, but it also warms my heart.
A colleague from the No Stress Workplace shared a simple list of things to do to be financially aware during the most stressful time of the year … the holidays! Here I share the 8 tips:
1.Make a List and Check it Twice
Have a family planning meeting on what gifts to give where you can cut back and create a budget together
2.It’s the Thought that counts
Be creative and give meaningful gifts such as baked goods, a framed photo or make a gift card for a night of baby or dog sitting.
3.No Gift Rule
Instead of giving gifts save the money towards a family vacation
4.Stick to your list, without exception
Don’t get lured into store super sales
5.Leave Your credit cards at home
Use only cash
6.Stay on Track
Use a notebook or free app like mint.com to keep track of your spending
Stop dining out until after the holidays or bring your own coffee rather than stopping at Starbucks.
8.It’s the Little Things
Find ways to save, clip coupons, compare prices, utilize free shipping and plan ahead.
As we reflect on these 8 gift ideas, I’ll also encourage you to give the gift that lasts a lifetime. Books on Success, personal development and coaching last beyond the holidays. Consider such meaning when you go on the hunt.
So does any of the ideas listed stand out that you could adopt? Any you can add? Do share! We would love to hear!